St. Louis Cardinals Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Cardinals Lineup

10-9, in NL Central

The NL Central was a three-team struggle with the Cardinals right in the middle of it all. Things project to be similar in 2020, but one of the trio of pennant contenders could change. St. Louis seems to always produce talent. There core hitters will change little heading into the new season. They have a strong balance at both corner infield positions a short stop that hits for power. Outfield appears to be the weakest link in their hitting.

The trio of projected everyday outfielders is slated to hit after one another at the bottom of the Cardinals order. One of the Cardinals biggest assets during their consistent run as a playoff contender has been strong pitching. St. Louis really didn't miss a beat in 2019, finishing with the fifth best ERA in baseball. However, there are some indications that they could have a more difficult time duplicating that feat in 2020. Any loss in that area could put more numbers in the Cardinals loss column than expected.

Cardinals Starting Lineup

1. P. Goldschmidt , (R), 1B
2. K. Wong , (L), 2B
3. T. Edman , (S), 3B
4. Y. Molina , (R), C
5. H. Bader , (R), CF
6. T. O'Neill , (R), LF
7. D. Fowler , (S), RF
8. P. DeJong , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Jack Flaherty J. Flaherty (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Jack Flaherty J. Flaherty (R)
89
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Paul Goldschmidt P. Goldschmidt (R)
95
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Kolten Wong K. Wong (L)
83
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Tommy Edman T. Edman (S)
65
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Yadier Molina Y. Molina (R)
74
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Harrison Bader H. Bader (R)
71
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Tyler O'Neill T. O'Neill (R)
77
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Dexter Fowler D. Fowler (S)
83
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Paul DeJong P. DeJong (R)
89
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Analysis

The Cardinals might not get enough recognition for their pitching staff, but they should. They don’t have the true top ten ace in their rotation, but a few above average arms in a good pitchers park has them on our map. They are an incredibly deep staff, and even losing Luke Weaver in the trade with Arizona for Paul Goldschmidt, they are not going to lose much when all is said and done. Weaver was heading for a league average right-hander, so parting ways wasn’t a bad idea at all, especially when you acquired an all-star first baseman to slug away in the middle of the order. Carlos Martinez has been the ace of this staff for a few seasons now, but battled injuries in 2018. Looking at a full year, Martinez has loads of talent to put up monster numbers. He has above average strikeout stuff, and his ERA stays fairly consistent. He has a plus fastball, which sets up his above average off-speed stuff. A healthy year will jump Martinez back up into the top 25 for starting arms. Miles Mikolas was someone who came over from playing overseas, and adjusted his game in a major way. He pitched 200 innings, and had a 2.83 ERA. He has pinpoint control, and can strike out some of the weaker teams. Mikolas adds to a very good rotation, especially as a number two.

Jack Flaherty has a major fastball, and had 182 strikeouts in 151 innings last season. Flaherty is an up and coming pitcher on a league spectrum, but has blossomed into a top of the rotation arm in St. Louis. He is expected to take a major step forward in 2019, and if he can stay healthy, 200+ strikeouts are not out of the question for him. Michael Wacha is an average right-hander who makes for a pretty good fourth spot starter in the rotation. John Gant and Adam Wainwright will draw the rest of the starts, and both are struggling right-handers. Gant has an issue with left-handed hitters, and Wainwright is trying to cope with being an older arm in a game that has really changed. The Cardinals can try and bury this problem with the rest of the rotation being good, but also the offense can take some of the pressure off of this starting staff.